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2006 07 10
Toronto’s Bike Lane Strategy Goes Round
Toronto is falling behind in its plan to roll out designated bicycle lanes. What is the problem? Public consultation drives up the cost from $20,000 per kilometer to $40,000 according to Cycling Committee chair, Adam Giambrone. Any resistance to the lanes from city councilors basically means they don't go ahead. It seems that even marginally impeding the flow of cars in the core just isn't worth the political cost.

One of the problems we are told is that downtown streets are narrower than those in the suburbs (don't get us started on that) and, as a result, bicycles get in the way of cars. Anyone who has visited a European city will know that bicycles and cars can effectively share narrow streets. That is not the problem. The truth is that until gas reaches $2.00 per litre and people can no longer afford to drive their oversize, overweight SUVs, bike lanes will languish in the city's bureaucratic backwaters.

World class city indeed.

[email this story] Posted by R Ouellette on 07/10 at 12:40 PM

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